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Hit Men take aim on Paramount

Entertainment Staff • Feb 15, 2014 at 9:58 AM

After decades behind the scenes, a group of musicians, vocalists, arrangers and composers behind some of the biggest hits of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s are enjoying their time in the limelight.

Lee Shapiro, Ry Polci, Jimmy Ryan, Larry Gates and Russ Velazquez were performing and recording members of such mega-star acts as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James & The Shondells, The Critters, Carly Simon, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Barry Manilow, Elton John and Kiki Dee.

Friends for more than five decades, the musicians reunited as The Hit Men to go back out on tour and relive the magic they helped create on stages around the world and in recording studios years ago.

Not Broadway actors or a tribute band, these guys are the real performers who traveled all over the world, creating music and memories — from Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House and the London Palladium.

The Hit Men will perform at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 15 at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol. Tickets are $42 for adults, $38 for seniors and students, $34 with a student ID and $35.50 for groups.

Audiences will be treated to their favorite Four Seasons songs, including “Oh What a Night,” “Who Loves You,” “Marianne,” “Silence is Golden,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Rag Doll” along with other tunes made famous by Broadway’s “Jersey Boys.” The Hit Men also perform such gold hits as “Mony, Mony,” “Hanky Panky,” “Peace Train,” “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” “You’re So Vain,” “You Belong To Me,” “Mr. Dieingly Sad” and “Younger Girl,” the success of which they had a hand in creating.

During their show, The Hit Men share back stories and anecdotes from their days in recording studios and on the concert circuit with Frankie, Tommy, Carly, Jim, Cat and Elton. It’s a great look back through rock ‘n’ roll history from the guys who lived and breathed the experience.

For tickets or more information, call the Paramount box office at (423) 274-8920 or visit www.theparamountcenter.com

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